Canada Publishes First Ever Drone Strategy – Homeland Security Today

Transport Canada has published its Drone Strategy, which provides the government’s strategic vision for drones, with a focus on raising awareness of the significance of drones, the untapped economic potential of the sector, and the priorities that will drive Transport Canada going forward.

Initiated in 2015, the strategy is the first of its kind for Canada. Canada currently has over 53,000 drones registered alongside almost 37,000 registered traditional aircraft, and more than 51,000 pilot certificates have been issued.

Safety in the airspace over Canada is a responsibility shared by Transport Canada, NAV CANADA, and the Department of National Defense (DND). Together they are focusing on creating a drone traffic management system in Canada that includes mobile drone flight planning and airspace access request systems, communication, navigation, and airspace surveillance systems. The first phase of drone traffic management trials in rural areas will begin later this year, and the…